Ornithostoma

Name: Ornithostoma ‭(‬Bird mouth‭)‬.
Phonetic: Or-nif-oh-sto-mah.
Named By: Harry Govier Seeley‭ ‬-‭ ‬1871.
Synonyms: Ornithostoma seeleyi.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Pterosauria,‭ ‬Pterodactyloidea,‭ ‬Pteranodontidae.
Species: O.‭ ‬sedgwicki‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Type: Piscivore.
Size: Uncertain.
Known locations: England‭ ‬-‭ ‬Cambridge Greensand.
Time period: Early Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Numerous remains,‭ ‬although often in a state of poor preservation.

       Ornithostoma was once considered to identical to Pteranodon,‭ ‬although modern thinking has it recognised as its own genus.‭ ‬Unfortunately Ornithostoma has suffered from the wastebasket effect with numerous poorly preserved remains being attributed to it.
       Although not much is known for certain,‭ ‬the toothless beak of Ornithostoma likely indicates a fish eating piscivorous lifestyle.‭ ‬This notion is reinforced by the fact the‭ ‬Cambridge Greensand is a marine deposit.



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